BRADENTON, Fla. -- Freddy Galvis launched a two-run jack in the eighth inning to cap a four-run rally, as the Clearwater Threshers took down the Bradenton Marauders by a 7-2 final on Friday night.
Galvis, on a rehab assignment from AAA Lehigh Valley, would combine with Phillies rehabbers Reid Brignac and Carlos Ruiz to go 4-for-11 with three RBI, three runs scored, a walk and a stolen base.
Bradenton (16-10) struck first on Friday, but the Marauders' unearned run in the opening frame would be the only blemish against Threshers starter Miguel Nunez (3-7).
The Threshers (11-16) brought it back even in the third, thanks to a deep drive from Art Charles. The Clearwater first baseman belted a payoff pitch off a sign on the boardwalk in right-center for his ninth round-tripper of the season, knotting the game at one.
Clearwater took the lead for good the following frame.
After Ruiz worked a leadoff walk, Brignac singled up the middle to place runners on the corners. Brian Pointer then grounded into a fielder's choice, forcing out Brignac at second, but Ruiz crossed the plate to make it 2-1 Threshers.
The veterans would combine to add to the Clearwater advantage in the sixth. Ruiz singled through the left side, stole second, and went to third on an errant throw by the catcher Jin-De Jhang. With the infield in, Brignac shot a grounder off the glove of second baseman Max Moroff as Ruiz came home with the Threshers' third run.
Nunez exited after six innings, having permitted only an unearned run on four hits and three walks, striking out two. He is now 2-0 against Bradenton this year.
Clearwater blew the game open in the seventh, plating four more runs off starter Shane Carle (1-1). A Gabriel Lino single and Angelo Mora doubled started it, and both would score when Roman Quinn reached on an error by the first baseman Jordan Steranka.
Galvis then followed by launching a home run to the boardwalk in right-center, boosting the Threshers to a 7-1 advantage.
Bradenton promptly loaded the bases on two walks and a single off reliever Lino Martinez in the bottom half, and a bases-loaded walk to Moroff would make it a 7-2 game.
Enter Cody Forsythe.
The lefty inherited a bases-loaded, no out situation and promptly stuck out the first two batters he faced. He then got Steranka to fly out to right to end the inning and strand the bases full of Marauders.
Forsythe picked up right where he left off in the eighth, mowing down the Marauders on three consecutive strikeouts.
Lee Ridenhour worked a perfect ninth inning, striking out two.
Of the final nine men who came to bat for Bradenton, seven of them were retired on strikes.
The Threshers will look to take the series on Saturday, as they battle the Marauders in the finale of a four-game set at 6:30 p.m. Coverage will begin at 6:15 p.m. with Threshers Live! on the Threshers' broadcast network.